Died the film "one Flew over the cuckoo's nest" Milos Forman

Died the film

Forman passed away on Friday in the United States after a short illness, his wife, Martina, told Czech news agency CTK.

Forman first stormed onto the worldwide scene in 1964 with his film Black Peter, followed by The Loves of a Blonde in 1965 (which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign-language film) and The Firemen's Ball in 1967. Forman immigrated to the United States and became a USA citizen in 1975.

He won two academy awards for Best Director, the first for his 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and his second in 1984 for directing the hit Mozart biopic "Amadeus".

The film, which starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, won five Oscars, including best picture and best director and went on to become the second film in history to win the top five Academy Award categories. His other notable films include "Hair", "Ragtime" and "Man on the Moon".

He received a third Oscar nomination for his 1996 film, "The People vs. Larry Flynt", a raucous and randy account of the First Amendment battles of Hustler magazines publisher Larry Flynt, who was played by Woody Harrelson.

The Czech government, realizing the money to be made by letting Amadeus be filmed in Prague, allowed Forman to come home, and the public hailed his return.




When Forman arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, he was lacking in both money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films much admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit.

"I was used to seeing the Russian and Czech films about composers, and they were the most boring films", he said.

In his biography, Forman wrote, "My parents were real patriots, and that was probably the reason why they died".

Valmont, Forman's 1989 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, proved something of an anticlimax as another version, directed by Stephen Frears and containing a star-making performance from John Malkovich, had been released the previous year.

Forman recalled the last time he saw his father: when aged seven he was pulled out of class to see Forman senior escorted by two leather-coated members of the Gestapo. Their twin sons Andrew and James were named after Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who portrayed the madcap comic in Man on the Moon. He married Martina Zborilova in 1999.

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